Real-Time Transcription and Separation of Drum Recordings Based on NMF Decompositon

Christian Dittmar; Daniel Gärtner
DAFx-2014 - Erlangen
This paper proposes a real-time capable method for transcribing and separating occurrences of single drum instruments in polyphonic drum recordings. Both the detection and the decomposition are based on Non-Negative Matrix Factorization and can be implemented with very small systemic delay. We propose a simple modification to the update rules that allows to capture timedynamic spectral characteristics of the involved drum sounds. The method can be applied in music production and music education software. Performance results with respect to drum transcription are presented and discussed. The evaluation data-set consisting of annotated drum recordings is published for use in further studies in the field. Index Terms - drum transcription, source separation, nonnegative matrix factorization, spectral processing, audio plug-in, music production, music education